OPRA Foundation Program Development Grant

Grant Procedures and Requirements

Program Overview
Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation (OPRAF) administers Program Development Grants. The focus of these grants moving forward will be to provide seed money to member agencies interested in developing new programs or activities not funded by their agency. Funds are typically used to establish new innovative program ideas.  The proposed programs should be integrated into agency curricula in ways that promote the development of parks and recreation activity and promotes financial sustainability.

While the grants are primarily intended to provide seed money for new initiatives, an extension or new direction for an existing program could be considered for funding if it is clearly demonstrates that the proposed change is significant.

Based on available resources, up to $2,500 may be requested. Preference will be given to quality proposals that show a dollar-for-dollar level of matching from requesting agency. This match may include cash or “in-kind” contributions, extended release time for curriculum development, special staff and technology support, or plans for further development opportunities for the program in question.

Funding will be available anytime during the fiscal year, application deadlines will be bi-annual (January 15 & July 15).  An OPRAF committee will review the proposals and make funding decisions. Funds will be managed and accounted for according to established OPRAF procedures.

Any Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) member is eligible to apply. Shared authorship of proposals is possible; co-authored proposals will share one grant. Applications in all curricular and program area specializations are eligible.

Members receiving grants are expected to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete the project that is approved for funding.
  • Submit all reporting requirements upon completion of project. (See guidelines below.)
  • Prepare a report for the OPRA membership that outlines the results of the project.

Proposal Components
Proposals shall consist of three parts: application, narrative, and budget.
Application:  Complete the below application.

Narrative: The narrative (2-4 pages) should include the following information:

  • Statement of project objectives as they relate to needs within the department or community
  • Participating agencies
  • Description of specific activities and how results will be shared with appropriate audiences
  • Statement of anticipated impact/benefits and importance to the community as well as the agency’s commitment to continuation of the program, if it is successful
  • Proposed timeline
  • Plan for evaluation of outcomes
  • Additional material may be attached as appendices if it is essential to explaining the proposal.

Budget: Attach a separate page with a description of the budget, including sources of matching funds, if applicable.

Reporting Requirements
A final report of 2-4 pages will be due at the completion of the project with the following information:

  • Summary of project objectives and participating agency
  • Description of project activities and final timeline
  • Evaluation of outcomes and impact
  • Description of subsequent plans
  • Summary of expenses incurred

Review process

  1. Proposals may be received by the OPRA office at any time during the fiscal year with deadlines being January 15th and July 15th every year.
  2. OPRA will notify the OPRAF grant committee of any pending eligible proposals via email communication.
  3. OPRAF committee members will review the proposal and score them with a recommendation for funding level by the end of January and July.
  4. OPRAF chair will review all scored proposals and make final granting decisions based on current funding.
  5. OPRA Treasurer will authorize staff to distribute grants in the first week of February and August.

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